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Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats Charts, Curve Timeline

Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats Charts, Curve Timeline

According to the Government in Switzerland, Switzerland has confirmed 372 new Covid-19 infections within Switzerland in the last 24 hours and furthermore 3 deaths have been reported throughout Switzerland. With the new deaths of 3, Switzerland now has a total of 51,864 Coronavirus/Covid-19 infections and the official death rate reported by the government of Switzerland is 4.0%. 2,064 died in Switzerland.

Swiss Coronavirus since Reopening

Swiss Coronavirus since Reopening
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Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Stats

Statistics: CH

  • Infected: 51,864
  • Recovered: 42,600
  • Deaths: 2,064
  • Updated: 2020/25/09 20:23

Swiss Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Stats

DateConfirmedConfirmed (24h)DeathsDeaths (24h)Active
February 25, 20201+1001
February 26, 202010001
February 27, 20208+7008
February 28, 202080008
February 29, 202018+100018
March 1, 202027+90027
March 2, 202042+150042
March 3, 202056+140054
March 4, 202090+340087
March 5, 2020114+241+1110
March 6, 2020214+10010210
March 7, 2020268+5410264
March 8, 2020337+692+1332
March 9, 2020374+3720369
March 10, 2020491+1173+1485
March 11, 2020652+1614+1644
March 12, 2020868+21640860
March 13, 20201,139+27111+71,124
March 14, 20201,375+23613+21,358
March 15, 20202,217+84214+12,199
March 16, 20202,220+31402,202
March 17, 20202,742+52227+132,700
March 18, 20203,115+37333+63,067
March 19, 20204,222+1,10743+104,164
March 20, 20205,407+1,18556+135,336
March 21, 20206,863+1,45680+246,652
March 22, 20207,474+61198+187,245
March 23, 20208,795+1,321120+228,544
March 24, 20209,877+1,082126+69,620
March 25, 202010,897+1,020153+2710,613
March 26, 202011,811+914191+3811,489
March 27, 202012,928+1,117231+4011,167
March 28, 202014,092+1,164268+3712,261
March 29, 202014,829+737300+3212,820
March 30, 202015,923+1,094359+5913,600
March 31, 202016,605+682433+7414,208
April 1, 202017,777+1,172488+5513,799
April 2, 202018,827+1,050536+4814,278
April 3, 202019,654+827598+6213,804
April 4, 202020,505+851666+6813,424
April 5, 202021,100+595715+4913,970
April 6, 202021,657+557765+5012,836
April 7, 202022,253+596821+5612,728
April 8, 202023,280+1,027895+7412,585
April 9, 202024,051+771949+5412,502
April 10, 202024,551+5001,002+5312,449
April 11, 202025,107+5561,036+3411,971
April 12, 202025,415+3081,106+7011,609
April 13, 202025,688+2731,138+3210,850
April 14, 202025,936+2481,174+3610,562
April 15, 202026,336+4001,239+659,697
April 16, 202026,732+3961,281+429,551
April 17, 202027,078+3461,327+469,351
April 18, 202027,404+3261,368+418,936
April 19, 202027,740+3361,393+258,547
April 20, 202027,944+2041,429+367,915
April 21, 202028,063+1191,478+497,185
April 22, 202028,268+2051,509+316,859
April 23, 202028,496+2281,549+406,347
April 24, 202028,677+1811,589+406,088
April 25, 202028,894+2171,599+105,995
April 26, 202029,061+1671,610+115,651
April 27, 202029,164+1031,665+555,299
April 28, 202029,264+1001,699+344,965
April 29, 202029,407+1431,716+174,591
April 30, 202029,586+1791,737+214,449
May 1, 202029,705+1191,754+174,051
May 2, 202029,817+1121,762+83,855
May 3, 202029,905+881,76203,643
May 4, 202029,981+761,784+222,997
May 5, 202030,009+281,795+112,814
May 6, 202030,060+511,805+102,555
May 7, 202030,126+661,810+52,416
May 8, 202030,207+811,823+132,284
May 9, 202030,251+441,830+72,021
May 10, 202030,305+541,833+31,872
May 11, 202030,344+391,845+121,699
May 12, 202030,380+361,867+221,713
May 13, 202030,413+331,870+31,443
May 14, 202030,463+501,872+21,491
May 15, 202030,514+511,878+61,436
May 16, 202030,572+581,879+11,293
May 17, 202030,587+151,881+21,206
May 18, 202030,598+111,886+51,112
May 19, 202030,618+201,891+51,027
May 20, 202030,658+401,892+1966
May 21, 202030,694+361,898+6896
May 22, 202030,707+131,903+5904
May 23, 202030,725+181,905+2820
May 24, 202030,736+111,906+1730
May 25, 202030,746+101,913+7633
May 26, 202030,761+151,915+2646
May 27, 202030,776+151,917+2559
May 28, 202030,796+201,919+2577
May 29, 202030,828+321,9190609
May 30, 202030,845+171,9190526
May 31, 202030,862+171,920+1442
June 1, 202030,871+91,9200451
June 2, 202030,874+31,9200454
June 3, 202030,893+191,921+1372
June 4, 202030,913+201,9210392
June 5, 202030,936+231,9210415
June 6, 202030,956+201,9210335
June 7, 202030,965+91,9210344
June 8, 202030,972+71,923+2349
June 9, 202030,988+161,934+11354
June 10, 202031,011+231,936+2375
June 11, 202031,044+331,937+1307
June 12, 202031,063+191,938+1325
June 13, 202031,094+311,9380356
June 14, 202031,117+231,9380379
June 15, 202031,131+141,939+1292
June 16, 202031,154+231,954+15300
June 17, 202031,187+331,956+2331
June 18, 202031,200+131,9560344
June 19, 202031,235+351,9560379
June 20, 202031,243+81,9560387
June 21, 202031,292+491,9560336
June 22, 202031,310+181,9560354
June 23, 202031,332+221,9560376
June 24, 202031,376+441,958+2418
June 25, 202031,428+521,9580470
June 26, 202031,486+581,962+4524
June 27, 202031,555+691,9620493
June 28, 202031,617+621,9620555
June 29, 202031,652+351,9620590
June 30, 202031,714+621,963+1551
July 1, 202031,851+1371,965+2686
July 2, 202031,967+1161,9650802
July 3, 202032,101+1341,9650936
July 4, 202032,198+971,96501,033
July 5, 202032,268+701,96501,003
July 6, 202032,315+471,96501,050
July 7, 202032,369+541,966+11,103
July 8, 202032,498+1291,96601,132
July 9, 202032,586+881,96601,220
July 10, 202032,690+1041,96601,324
July 11, 202032,817+1271,968+21,349
July 12, 202032,883+661,96801,315
July 13, 202032,946+631,96801,378
July 14, 202033,147+2011,96801,379
July 15, 202033,148+11,96801,380
July 16, 202033,290+1421,969+11,421
July 17, 202033,382+921,96901,513
July 18, 202033,492+1101,96901,623
July 19, 202033,591+991,96901,322
July 20, 202033,634+431,971+21,363
July 21, 202033,742+1081,972+11,470
July 22, 202033,883+1411,97201,411
July 23, 202034,000+1171,975+31,525
July 24, 202034,154+1541,977+21,677
July 25, 202034,302+1481,97701,825
July 26, 202034,412+1101,97701,735
July 27, 202034,477+651,978+11,599
July 28, 202034,609+1321,97801,631
July 29, 202034,802+1931,979+11,723
July 30, 202035,022+2201,980+11,942
July 31, 202035,232+2101,981+12,151
August 1, 202035,412+1801,98102,131
August 2, 202035,550+1381,98102,069
August 3, 202035,616+661,98102,135
August 4, 202035,746+1301,98102,165
August 5, 202035,927+1811,984+32,343
August 6, 202036,108+1811,985+12,523
August 7, 202036,269+1611,986+12,683
August 8, 202036,451+1821,98602,565
August 9, 202036,603+1521,98602,317
August 10, 202036,708+1051,987+12,321
August 11, 202036,895+1871,990+32,505
August 12, 202037,169+2741,991+12,478
August 13, 202037,403+2341,99102,712
August 14, 202037,671+2681,99102,780
August 15, 202037,924+2531,99102,733
August 16, 202038,124+2001,99102,833
August 17, 202038,252+1281,99102,961
August 18, 202038,449+1971,992+12,957
August 19, 202038,760+3111,996+42,964
August 20, 202039,026+2661,998+23,128
August 21, 202039,332+3062,000+23,432
August 22, 202039,627+2952,00003,527
August 23, 202039,903+2762,001+13,502
August 24, 202040,060+1572,00103,659
August 25, 202040,262+2022,002+13,860
August 26, 202040,645+3832,003+13,842
August 27, 202041,006+3612,00304,203
August 28, 202041,346+3402,004+14,542
August 29, 202041,722+3762,005+14,517
August 30, 202042,014+2922,00504,209
August 31, 202042,177+1632,006+14,071
September 1, 202042,393+2162,011+54,082
September 2, 202042,763+3702,01104,252
September 3, 202043,127+3642,013+24,614
September 4, 202043,532+4052,01305,019
September 5, 202043,957+4252,01304,844
September 6, 202044,401+4442,01305,288
September 7, 202044,592+1912,014+14,878
September 8, 202044,837+2452,018+45,119
September 9, 202045,306+4692,019+15,187
September 10, 202045,711+4052,020+15,591
September 11, 202046,239+5282,02006,119
September 12, 202046,704+4652,02006,184
September 13, 202047,179+4752,021+16,258
September 14, 202047,436+2572,025+45,811
September 15, 202047,751+3152,028+35,823
September 16, 202048,265+5142,039+116,326
September 17, 202048,795+5302,042+36,853
September 18, 202049,283+4882,045+36,738
September 19, 202049,28302,04506,738
September 20, 202049,28302,04506,738
September 21, 202050,378+1,0952,050+57,828
September 22, 202050,664+2862,054+46,510
September 23, 202051,101+4372,060+66,941
September 24, 202051,492+3912,061+16,831

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Bern Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Update


Although Berne (German: Bern) is the seat of most of the institutions of the Swiss confederation, this is only a small to medium sized city with a population of about 130,000 in the city proper and roughly 350,000 in the urban agglomeration. It sits on a peninsula formed by the meandering turns of the river Aare. The remarkable design coherence of Berne’s old town has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has 6.4 km (4 miles) of arcaded walkways along streets decked out with fountains and clock-towers.

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There are Tourist Information Centres outside the main railway station, and in the Old Tram Depot next to the Bear Pit.

Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It was founded by Duke Berthold V von Zähringen in 1191, and formed part of the Holy Roman Empire. It later became the largest independent city state north of the Alps. It joined the Swiss Confederation in 1353, and in 1848, it became the capital of Switzerland.

It has managed to successfully retain a lot of its historic features, and its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Swiss government sits here, and the Houses of Parliament are open to visitors the majority of the time.

The town grew up around the Aare River on hilly ground, and so the city areas are on low ground along the river, and it spreads out onto higher ground. Bridges have been built across the river over the years to allow for expansion of the city.

The city center has a unique mediaeval atmosphere and contains old fountains, narrow streets, and sandstone facades. The ancient bastions and entrenchments drop steeply down to the river.

The central location of Bern offers easy access to trips throughout Switzerland; but Bern itself offers more than enough to keep a holidaymaker busy.

Bern was founded in 1191 by Duke Berthold V von Zähringen and was part of the Holy Roman Empire. It was made a free imperial city by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in 1218 after Berthold died without an heir.

In 1353 Berne joined the Swiss confederation. After conquering several rivals, Berne became the largest independent city state north of the Alps. It was occupied by French troops in 1798 during the French Revolutionary Wars, and was stripped of a large part of its territory. The city became the Swiss capital in 1848.

Bern was one of the eight host cities in the 2008 European Football Championships.

Best time to go

The best weather in Bern is between April and September. Late spring brings long days and good weather. The summer temperatures in August are pleasing. The summer weather is unpredictable though, so take your warm clothes. As the temperature peaks, so does the rainfall, so be prepared. But the rain is short-lived, and you can go about your visit after a short period. From July to mid-August are their holiday periods, so some of the smaller restaurants may be closed.

Getting Around in Bern

Get in

Situated in the middle of Switzerland, Berne is easy to reach from all parts of the country.

Fly to Berne

  • Bern-Belp Airport (10 km south of the city, off Hwy 8 west of river Aare). This airport is a small affair. Skywork used to be the main operator, with twin-prop flights to London City, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin-Tegel, Munich and Vienna, plus summer holiday destinations around the Med; however, it declared bankruptcy in August 2018. 

To reach the city take Bus 334 or 160 to Belp railway station (10 mins). Frequent S-bahn local trains connect Belp to Bern’s main station, 40 min altogether. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 05:10 and 23:10, with the first and last buses of the day running directly to Bern railway station. The transfer is free if you have booked accommodation in Bern, just show your confirmation letter; otherwise Fr. 7 each way.

A taxi to the city is about 40 Fr and takes 20 mins.

For better choice of flights, fly into Geneva , Zurich or Basel then take the train to Bern.

Travel by train to Bern

Berne is at the hub of the Swiss Federal Railway network. Express (InterCity) trains connect twice per hour to Geneva, Basel and Zurich as well as Zürich and Geneva airports. Hourly express trains connect to most other cities, including Interlaken, Brig, and Lucerne.

Bern Railway StationIn a mall surrounded by cafes and other shops. The info kiosk and main bank of ticket machines are at the back, beneath the big departures board.

For timetables and connections see Swiss Federal Railway. For best travel deals see the Swiss Travel Planner – walk-up full fare tickets are expensive.

Travel to Bern by car

Bern is easily reachable with the national motorway network from all directions and has several exits from motorways A1, A12 and A6.

Eurolines and Flixbus connect Bern to several European cities by bus.

Bern has a world-class public transportation system, with a choice of buses, trolleybuses, trams, and trains.

In the city center, on foot is the best way to see the sights close up, and for shopping and eating at the restaurants. Outside of the city center the tram is the best.

You can hire a bike for 4 hours for free, and thereafter pay a small fee per hour, from the main train station, or Zeughausgasse or Hirschengraben. You’ll need your passport or ID.

By train you can travel to the suburbs, and to other cities such as Fribourg or Biel, should you want to explore a little further.

If you have a car, be aware that free parking in the city centre is rare to find, and that the paid parking is quite expensive. If you’re visiting the city centre, it’s best to park at a ‘park and ride’ and take public transport into the centre, and walk to wherever you like from there.

If you prefer to take taxis, there are stands at the main train station, and some stands in the city centre.

Berne has an excellent public transportation system, with frequent local city services provided by trams, trolleybuses and buses, together with an S-Bahn rail system for longer journeys into the surrounding suburbs. Tickets are valid for all modes of transport within a given zone and time. The suburbs of Berne, Biel and Solothurn form a common public transport network named “Libero-Tarifverbund”. Tickets can be purchased as single ticket, saver ticket with six rides, day pass as well as weekly, monthly or yearly passes.

Tickets can be bought at vending machines at most stops, or with a smartphone using the SBB mobile app. They are valid for all modes of public transport within the zones they encompass. A ticket valid in the central urban zones (101, 102) for 60 minutes costs Fr. 4.60 (May 2016).

Since June 2014, all hotel accommodations in Bern include the “Bern-Ticket”, which allows the free use of public transport within the city (zones 100 and 101) for the duration of the stay, including the Gurten funicular and transfer from and to the airport.

By foot

The city centre of Berne is easily accessible by foot. The relatively small old town and the area around the main train station is best explored by walking.

By tram and bus

The bus and tram lines operated by Bernmobil are complemented with yellow Postauto bus lines connecting to the suburbs. Almost all lines are linked together at the main train station, and operate at intervals between 5 to 30 minutes.

  • Bernmobil.  Operator of the local tram and bus services, and provides timetables and other information on its web site or by telephone.

By rail

Berne’s S-Bahn rail system will take you to many places in the suburbs and to nearby cities like Biel, Thun, Fribourg or Solothurn.

  • S-Bahn Bern.  Web site in German only.

By car or motorbike

Like in most Swiss cities, parking space is rare and expensive. There are several paid parking stations, including at the main train station. As the city centre is quite small and all of the major attractions are within walking distance, it’s a good choice to park in a “park and ride” and take public transport to the centre of town. Using the car in the old town is very difficult and not recommended.

Motorbikers will find free dedicated parking spaces in several places around the perimeter of the old town, including near Waisenhausplatz and at the main train station.

By bike

Berne is a bike-friendly city, and most thoroughfares include dedicated bike lanes. There are a few challenging spots where bike traffic interweaves with motor traffic, but motorists are used to sharing the road with bikers and will normally pay attention. Because of the city’s topography, some stamina may be required, or an electric bike.

The local branch of the Swiss-wide bike sharing Publibike charges CHF 3 for the first 30 minutes. The formerly free local bike-share “Bern Rollt” has been terminated.

By taxi

Several taxi companies operate in Berne, including Nova Taxi (+41 31 331 33 13), Bären Taxi (+41 31 371 11 11) and Taxi Bern (+41 31 333 88 88). Taxis can be booked by phone, or at the main train station.

Major Attractions and Sights

There are 114 Swiss heritage sites of national significance in Bern, so it’s hard to miss a couple of them. The Old Town in its entirety is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few outside Old Town include: the Eidgenössisches Archiv für Denkmalpflege, the Kirchenfeld mansion district, the Swiss National Library, and the Historical Museum.

While strolling around, you’ll find eleven 16th century fountains. They are charming, and their colorful sculpted figures that adorn them are proof of the prosperity of the town in the Middle Ages. As recently as a hundred years ago, people gathered at them to gossip; today their crystal-clear water offers welcome refreshment to locals and visitors alike.

Be sure to visit the Zytglogge, or Clock Tower. Built around the turn of the 13th century, the animatronic technology is astounding for those times. Every hour on the hour, is displayed what the locals proudly tell you is the longest running act in show business. A few minutes before the hour, a song plays, accompanied by a jester drumming. On top of the hour, an old bearded king and some bears join in. The clock is so detailed that it also tells the day, the month, the phase of the moon, and the sign of the zodiac! You can take a free guided tour inside the tower to look at the mechanisms working from the inside. Book the tour at the tourist office.

Still in Old Town, the cathedral was begun in 1421 and is the tallest in Switzerland. The Holy Ghost Church is one of the largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland.

In 2008, Old Town was given a new entrance, called the Baldachin. Reminiscent of the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Baldachin is a steel and glass construction, featuring an undulating glass roof, through which the Holy Ghost Church and the Citizens’ Hospital can be viewed whilst keeping the aesthetics.

The Rosengarten (rose garden) is a park that offers a great view over Old Town, and is a popular place for locals to go at lunchtime.

The bear is Bern’s heraldic animal, and legend goes that von Zähringen named the town for the first bear caught there. They take pride in the bear pit (Bärengraben), which has been there since the 16th century. There are currently four bears in an open-air enclosure. The facilities have recently been upgraded, and the bears can even swim in a section of the river. In summer the opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, and 9am to 4pm in winter.

The Gurten Hill is just outside the city. It has a park, from where you can view both the city, and the Bernese Alps. It’s popular with the locals who like to play football, do a spot of sun tanning, or barbeque. It has hiking paths, a playground, and a restaurant. Entrance is free.

Swimming in the River Aare on a hot summer day is great recreation. There are public pools along the river which are free, so you can ‘land’ at one of them to have a shower afterwards.

If you’re into gambling the Grand Casino Bern offers black jack, poker, roulette and over 300 slot machines.

  • Berne Historical MuseumHelvetiaplatz 5.  Tu-Su 10:00-17:00Large historic museum, combining under one roof one of the country’s most important ethnographic collections together with the Bernese historical collections from prehistory to the present day. Adult Fr. 13; Fr. 18 including Einsteinhaus.
  • Bundeshaus (Federal Palace of Switzerland; Curia Confoederationis Helveticae), Bundesplatz 3Inaugurated in 1902, the Swiss Parliament building is a great dome separating the two chambers: the National Council and the Council of States. Free guided tour when Parliament is not in session (German Tu-Sa, English only Sa 14:00, book online). In session there are 25 spaces in the spectators’ gallery, no advance booking. For either, you need your passport. Free.
  • ZytgloggeIt has been a guard tower, and a prison for women convicted of having sex with priests, but since the 15th century, it’s been a clock tower with an elaborate astronomical clock. Hourly throughout the day, it puts on a great display of early animatronics. The show starts a few minutes before the hour with a little song and some drumming by a jester on top. On the hour, bears and an old bearded king get into the act. As well as the time, the clock shows the month, day, sign of the zodiac and phase of the moon. There are guided tours inside the tower that will let you have a look at the clockwork while the show is displayed outside. It can be booked at the tourist office and is definitely worth it if you love mechanics. Free.
  • EinsteinhausKramgasse 49 ,   Feb-Dec 10:00–17:00, closed JanSuppose a Bern Tram passed you at the speed of light, with Einstein peering out the window. While your own watch ticked on, his would appear stationary, and the tram’s mass and dimensions would distort. Most of us would just shrug at this and await the next tram. But Einstein realised that the same occurred if you were aboard the tram looking back at the tourist standing at the tram-stop. There could be no absolute reference point: all was relative. He also inferred an equivalence of acceleration and gravity, and of mass and energy, that totally rewrote the laws of what till then was a Newtonian universe.
    Einstein rented this flat 1903-05 with his first wife Mileva, during his years working at the Swiss patent office. (The day job helped, as many inventors were exploring telecomms, and the problem of synchronising processes many miles apart.) Their son Hans Albert was born here in 1904; their illegitimate daughter Lieserl (b. 1902) was given up for adoption and her fate is unknown. But above all Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity were born in this flat, which now displays photos and original documents from his life, work, and speeches. His writing desk overlooks the bustling street: trams rumble by, and the clock-tower tick-tocks, with a Swiss regularity that we now know to be deceptive.
     Adult Fr. 6, concessions Fr. 4.50.
  • Invasion of Berne – successful!As you explore, you may notice these small graffiti mosaics, in the style of Taito’s “Space Invaders”. There are some 29 in Bern, the work of an “Unidentified Free Artist”. They’ve appeared on the walls, bridges and roofs of many cities around the world, including Basel, Geneva and Lausanne. And still they come: “Game Not Over”. Consider buying a map and doing the space invader tour – though in midsummer 2018 the Invader’s online shop is closed.
  • Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts), Hodlerstrasse 12.  Tu 10:00-21:00, W-Su 10:00-17:00, closed MHuge collection including Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler and Meret Oppenheim, and all the big names over eight centuries. Adult Fr. 10 permanent collection.
  • Swiss Alpine Museum (Alpines Museum), Helvetiaplatz 4.  Tu-Su 10:00-17:00A museum describing all aspects of the Swiss mountains: geology & tectonics, glaciers, weather, wildlife, agriculture & settlement, and alpinism and winter sports. With a large collection of artwork, e.g. paintings by Ferdinand Hodler. Adult Fr. 16.
  • Zentrum Paul KleeMonument im Fruchtland 3 (Trolleybus 12 to the end of the line).  Tu-Su 10:00–17:00The Centre is a modern building formed of three waves. The ground floor is a rotating exhibition drawn from some of Klee’s 4000 works – to Oct 2018 this is “Cosmos Klee”. Downstairs are other artists – to Oct 2018 this is Etal Adnam. Klee was celebrated for his “child’s view” of the world and his work is so accessible and fun, eg his wacky glove-puppets. A short walk across the adjacent park brings you to his grave. The Centre is included on the “Berne card” so you’ll recoup the Fr. 20 straight away. Adult Fr. 20, students Fr. 10, children 6-16 Fr. 7, families (1 adult + children 6-16) Fr. 27, families (2 adults + children 6-16) Fr. 40.

The view from Gurten Hill

  • Bear Pit (Bärengraben & BärenPark), Grosser Murisalder 6 (Foot of old town at Nydeggasse Bridge; trolleybus #12 towards Zentrum Paul Klee). Always open, but the bears hibernate Nov-MarRun as an outstation of the city’s Dählhölzli Zoo, the bear pit has a tunnel through to a bosky enclosure along the steep river bank, around which the bears can roam and swim. There are three: Finn (b 2020) is Daddy Bear, Björk (b 2020) is Mummy Bear, and Ursina (b 2020) is their daughter. Björk has been sterilised so there will be no more cubs: “More space for fewer animals” is the zoo’s motto. These are Eurasian brown bears, Ursus arctos arctos, with a round head and yellow-brown fur; they remain common in the wild in Central & East Europe.
    A second smaller pit is bare of bears but describes the history of the pits. Next to this is the Old Tram Depot, see “Eat”.
  • Tierpark Dählhölzli (Zoo)Tierparkweg 1 (Bus 19 from main station to Tierpark).  Mar-Oct 08:30–19:00, Nov-Feb 09:00–17:00Berne’s zoo is along the Aare river, with many outdoor enclosures that incorporate the river. Adult Fr. 10, child 6-15 Fr. 6.
  • GurtenThe Gurten is a lovely hill just outside the city. It features a park and great view over the city on one side and a nice panorama of the Bernese alps on the other. The park is visited heavily by locals to play ball, to barbecue or to just lie in the sun. Tourists are not an unusual sight, though this little attraction is missed by most of the many that visit the city. Hiking paths lead in all directions and you will almost certainly stumble across some cows when walking around. A wooden look-out tower allows an even better panorama than that you would already have. If you get hungry or thirsty, a good budget restaurant service and self-service provides you with all you need. Families with children should not miss the cool playground. The Gurten can be easily reached with tram number 9 from the railway station in Berne in direction Wabern. Exit the tram at station Gurtenbahn and walk a few steps up the hill. Then take the Gurtenbahn, a panorama train that will bring you on top in just 5 minutes, round-trip tickets are Fr. 9 for adults or Fr. 4.50 for children (BernCard is valid), departure usually every 20 minutes depending on daytime. A club called up-town features various cultural events on weekends and once a year in summer national, European and a few international music stars (among others Alanis Morissette, Skin, Moloko and Jimmy Cliff in 2020) visit it for the Gurtenfestival, an open-air music festival. Gurten is a must see for everybody visiting the city for longer than a day. Free.
  • RosengartenLittle park with a splendid view over the old town. Situated close to the bear pits (follow the path that goes up the hill opposite the bear-pit-roundabout. Quite popular (and populated) during lunchtime. The Rosengarten can be easily reached by bus number 12 from the railway station in Berne in direction Zentrum Paul Klee.
  • Watch football soccer at BSC Young Boys, who play in the Swiss Super League, the top tier of Swiss football. They play at Stade de Suisse, capacity 32,000, 1 km north of city centre.
  • SC BernThe SCB is Berne’s ice-hockey team. The stadium is the second largest in Europe and is regularly sold out, producing an impressive atmosphere in the arena. It is also mentionable that the SC Bern boasts the highest average attendance outside the NHL. To get there, just take Tram Nr. 9 towards Guisanplatz and get off at the terminal stop.
  • Swimming in the river AareOn hot summer days, let yourself drift for a few kilometres in the river Aare. Good (and safe) stretches are between the Kornhausbridge and the public pool of the Lorraine (old fashioned swimming pool just next to the river) and between the Eichholz and the public pool of the Marzili. Other stretches such as swimming the bend around the old town (starting at the “Englische Anlagen” to the Lorraine) or the “Bremgartenschlaufe” are only to be done by good swimmers accompanied by experienced locals. Entrance to public pools is free of charge. This makes it a good idea to choose a swim that ends at a public pool so you can have a shower afterwards.


  • GurtenfestivalIn July the Gurten hill is host for an open air festival with many national and international music acts. During these four days you will find a party crowd of up to 25,000 people on the hill day and night. 1-day pass: Fr. 75, 2 days: Fr. 115, 3 days: Fr. 155, 4 days: Fr. 195.
  • International Jazzfestival BernA jazz festival with international reputation is held in Berne every year since 1976.
  • Buskers BernSince a few years the annual street musician festival is taking place in the picturesque old town streets. You don’t need to buy a ticket but are encouraged to buy a festival pin or give donations to the musicians which come from all around the world.


Berne is home to the prestigious University of Berne which enrolls 17,431 students (2020). In addition, the city has the University of Applied Science also known as Berner Fachhochschule. There are also many vocational schools and offices of the Goethe Institute and the Alliance-Francaise (German and French cultural institutes).

Shopping in Bern

Bern boasts six kilometres of arcades, which represent the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenade in Europe. Westside shopping centre has 55 shops, restaurants, a cinema and a spa. There are other malls too, for all the regular merchandise.

At Beck Glatz Confiseur you can buy the Mandelbärli, or almond bear, which is a great Bern souvenir, and a speciality of the confectioner.
Bucherer is a world renowned jeweller founded in 1888. This traditional company specialises in the finest watches, clocks and jewellery.

On the Bundesplatz you’ll find the vegetable, fruit and flower markets, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and daily in summer. On the first Saturday of the month there is a craft market in front of the cathedral.

As with most other cities in Switzerland, store opening and closing hours in Berne are strictly regulated. All stores, including grocers, close by 18:30 or 19:00 from Monday to Friday, except on Thursdays when they remain open until 21:00. Aldi supermarkets are an exception, closing at 20:00 during the week. On Saturdays everything must close by 17:00. On Sundays, all stores are closed, except for those in the main railway station, which are open 7 days a week until about 22:00, and which include Migros and Coop supermarkets.

Rathausgasse and the streets parallel to it have any number of cute shops with an amazing range of handicraft and luxury goods. This is not the normal range of Swiss souvenir stuff, but really interesting things. There are a couple of worthy examples below, but the real pleasure is in spending a few hours (or days) exploring the arcades and vitrines.

  • YamatutiAarbergergasse 16-18.  M-W F 10:00–18:30, Th 10:00–21:00, Sa 10:00–17:00Unique toys and kitsch collectibles pack the walls of this cramped space.
  • Krompholz MusicEffingerstrasse 51, 3008 Bern (Visit website for which tram lines to take and the stops.) ,    Monday – Saturday 10:00–17:00The thing that makes this shop special is its huge collection of sheet music and English language music instruction materials. Pretty good CD section with lots of Swiss artists, both pop and folk.

There are several used book stores that carry cheap books in German, English and French:

  • Bücherbergwerk MonbijouMonbijoustrasse 16 (on the street through which tram line 9 descends from Hirschengraben near the main station, in the basement of the building marked SWICA).  Tu-F 10:00–17:00 and Sa 11:00–15:00The used bookstore of the Swiss Workers’ Aid Society.
  • Bücher-Brockenhaus BernRathausgasse 34 (in the old city between the Zytglogge and the Rathaus).  Tu-F 14:00–18:30, Sa 09:00–12:00, 14:00–16:00.

Eating Out in Bern

If you’re on a budget, the Beaulieu on Erlachstrasse is recommended; it’s a traditional restaurant that offers classic Bernese and Swiss cuisine at great prices. Its proximity to the university means it’s popular with the students, and is also popular with the local working population. If you prefer local to a tourist trap, this is the place to go and rub shoulders with the Bernese.

Equally good value is to be found at Suan Long, underneath the main train station. With fast service and a big variety of Chinese dishes, together with a wide vegetarian selection, this is the ideal eatery; especially if you’re waiting for a train.

For middle-of-the-road costs, try the Kornhaus, on the Kornhausplatz. This beautiful restaurant, as you can probably deduce, is in an old granary. It serves mostly Italian food, and your eyes will be wandering all around the restaurant, as it is covered with frescos of traditional Swiss scenes and historical events.

Also in the medium range is the Restaurant Muesmatt, on Freiestrasse. It was built in 1891 to service the steel workers at the Von Roll steelworks in Bern. The Von Roll buildings were converted into university lecture halls, and the brownstone houses around it now house students. This eatery offers fresh local organic produce, and has an outside terrace you can sit on, with great old oak trees offering shade. They serve the local Burgdorfer beer, and wifi is available.

If you prefer a scenic meal, try the Casino Restaurant on Herrengasse. It’s on the Aare River, and offers great views of the river and the mountains. The recommended dish is the pasta with mushrooms, and there’s a range of meat and fish dishes too.

If you’re in the mood to splurge, the place to be seen at is the Bellevue Palace, on the Kochergasse. It’s pricey, but if you go whilst parliament is in session, you might just come across the Swiss president eating his lunch there.

Also in the high price range is the Restaurant Rosengarten, which offers great views of the city.

Eating in Berne (or almost anywhere in Switzerland for that matter) can be an expensive proposition for foreign tourists. Be sure to “shop around” before deciding on a restaurant as many of them cater to foreign tourists (especially those serving traditional Swiss food) and have inflated their prices accordingly. Most Bernese natives prefer Italian, Asian, or other non-local cuisine so finding a traditional Swiss restaurant with acceptable prices can often be a daunting experience. Be patient and you will persevere without breaking the bank.


  • Suan LongRail City, underneath main station, Bern.  Low-priced Chinese meals, wide variety of dishes, including good vegetarian selection. Quick service and ideal if you’re waiting for a train. Especially recommended if you enjoy spicy food! Fr. 17-25.
  • BeaulieuErlachstrasse 3 ,  fax+41 31 305 86 55M-Th 08:00–11:30, F 08:00–00:30, Sa 10:00–22:00Old-fashioned restaurant serving traditional Swiss and Bernese cuisine at very affordable prices. Popular among students due to its situation close to the university; equally popular among the local workers. Definitely not a tourist restaurant—go here if you want to meet the Bernese among themselves.
  • Sous le Pont ,   Tu-F 11:30–14:30 and 18:00–00:00, Sa 19:00–00:00, Su 10:00–16:00A nice restaurant in the Reitschule complex which serves excellent dishes.
  • WäbereGerechtigkeitsgasse 68 ,  fax+41 31 312 20 67 Monday – Saturday 11:00–23:00Excellent soups, a good rendering of Swiss standards, such as cheese fondue, and an decent number of veggie choices. Many items available in half portions. Fr. 14-24.


  • Old Tram Depot (Altes Tramdepot), Grosser Muristalden (across bridge at east side of city centre, next to bear pit).  11:00-23:00The trams used to terminate here: nowadays it’s a trolleybus route. Good, hearty Swiss food. Range of dishes from budget price rösti to higher-priced meat specialities. On-site brewery with traditional beers available. Bench seating with great atmosphere. Fr. 20-40.
  • Café FédéralBärenplatz 31.  Stylish, modern atmosphere and international cuisine. Situated in front of the Bundeshaus, its popularity among politicians during the “Session” is legendary. Specializes in entrecôtes (a kind of steak), but has other dishes, including vegetarian ones.
  • Casino RestaurantHerrengasse 25 ,   At the shore of Aare river, with a view over the river and mountains on the South. Dishes include excellent pasta with mushrooms, fish, and meats, served throughout the day. . Fr. 25-45 a main dish.
  • KornhausKornhausplatz 18 ,  fax+41 31 327 72 71The room alone is worth a stop at this fabulously appointed mostly Italian restaurant. As one might guess from the name, the building was built for grain storage, but now features fresco paintings of traditional Swiss scenes, events from local history, and related characters. Fr. 26-45 for the main dish. Fr. 9-14 for appetizers..
  • SchmiedstubeSchmiedenplatz 5.   Monday – Saturday 08:30–23:30German, French, Italian, English and Spanish spoken. This traditional Swiss restaurant is well known for its typical dishes, such as Röschti, Cordon Bleu, Älplermakkaronen. It’s 90 m (300 ft) from the clock tower “Zytglogge”.
  • SchwellenmätteliDalmaziquai 11 ,   Terrace open M-Su 08:00–00:00A very nice restaurant at the side of the river Aare with a nice view on the Cathedral. Fr. 20-40 for a main dish.


  • Bellevue PalaceKochergasse 3-5 ,  fax+41 31 47 43Stylish hotel and restaurant; has its price. Go there when the Parliament is in session, and you may very well see the president of Switzerland having lunch.
  • Restaurant RosengartenAlter Aargauerstalden 31b.  Upscale Swiss restaurant with amazing view over the city
  • Kursaal-Bern (Meridiano), Kornhausstrasse 3.  Tu-F 11:30–14:00, 18:00–00:00. Sa 18:00–24:00. Sunday & Monday closedThe Meridiano is famous far beyond the borders of Bern for its welcoming hospitality. And for its innovative cuisine – prepared to perfection by Chef de Cuisine Markus Arnold and his team. The restaurant has been awarded 16 Gault-millau points and one Michelin star. Guests are offered fine views extending over Bern and the surrounding scenic countryside. Fr. 20-76.

Nightlife in Bern

You absolutely have to try the Bern Pub Crawl! It happens on the first Friday of the month, and it’s free. Well, except for your drinks. Bern has a vibrant bar scene, and there’s no better way to get around to seeing the local bars, and making friends in fun places. Every hour, the group moves on to a new bar. You’ll meet both locals, and international travelers like yourself, and have a ball. Google them for details.

The Liquid Club is a high-tech venue. From where you’re sitting in the lounge, you look down through the glass floor onto the dance floor, which has a revolving stage in the centre of it. The club is used alternately as a disco, a reading room, a concert hall, and a theatre. Its clientele is trendy and chic.

Le ciel opened its doors in 2010, with Bob Sinclair as the DJ. DJs from the VIP ROOM Paris and Mansion Miami have also played there. The 250 square meter dance floor hosts mainly house and RnB, with a mix of party hits thrown in. A great place for partying.

Next to the clock tower you’ll find Du Théâtre, nicknamed the DüDü by the locals, is a trendy club that has both a bar and a lounge. The lounge has comfortable leather chairs and sofas, a fireplace and a glass roof. Famous DJs offer the latest in music; whether you’re sipping cocktails in the lounge or partying to the music, a good time can be had by all.

The Bern Theatre, known as Stadttheater Bern, is an opera house and theatre that has seen many great performances. If you would enjoy an evening of high European culture, check their itinerary to see what is on while you’re in the city.

Many Bernese will tell you that nightlife in Berne is not exactly what you might call stunning, but they’re probably comparing it to Zurich or Paris. There are quite a few good spots to hang out.

For a drink or two, there’s a wide choice of bars all over town. However, you might be disappointed with most central options as they tend to be annoyingly conventional, though there are an ample number of exceptions:

  • Du NordLorrainestrasse 2 (across Lorraine Bridge from the city centre).
  • Café KairoDammweg 43, 3013 BernAnother nice choice in the same area as Du Nord.
  • CubaKornhausplatz 14.  With Latin-influenced Cuba Bar next door.

Most of the towns cooler bars are around the main clubbing venues though. In the ancient Matte neighborhood, which is well worth a daytime visit too, you’ll find nightlife options for almost every taste.

  • DampfzentraleMarzilistrasse 47.  In this former electricity facility you’ll find an excellent restaurant and bar, along with lots of cultural pearls. They specialize in urban, jazzy, electronic music and dance performances. Definitely a gem!
  • PROGR_centre for cultural productionWaisenhausplatz 30/ Speichergasse 4.  Close to the Reithalle and even closer to the city centre, you will find the PROGR. More than 100 artists, dancers, actors and musician have their studios here. It’s large courtyard with the CaféBar Turnhalle is a real oasis. From September to June, they offer a cultural program with exhibitions of experimental and contemporary art, theatre, performance, lectures and regular concerts on Sunday nights (jazz- connected, world women voices).
  • ReitschuleNeubrückstrasse 8.  Next to the central train station is Berne’s most important centre for alternative culture. The huge brick building is visible from far, easy to recognize by its abundant graffiti art on the façade and roof. Reitschule has the status of an autonomous cultural centre, which means in firm language that it’s a no-police zone. This of course gives it a bit of an anarchist touch, a touch of “anything goes”. And indeed, anything does go: Reitschule features a theatre, a cinema, a women’s room and two concert/dancing venues, all dedicated entirely to alternative culture. Concerts included rjd2, Metalheadz and DJ Babu. The centre as a whole is a unique experience and a must-see for anyone who has an interest in contemporary urban culture.
  • Wasserwerk ClubThis is one of Berne’s traditional clubbing and concert venues for urban music. It actually features two parts: Sportwerk The very welcoming, smaller “Sportwerk”, which is open all week and free of charge, offers drinks, music, pool, snooker, darts, table soccer and flipper games as well as sport events on TV in a laid back, greenish atmosphere. The bigger part of the club, the actual “Wasserwerk” is open on weekends and features excellent djs and live concerts.

Of Local Interest

March sees Museums Night, which heralds the coming of spring. Bern’s museum’s doors stay open until the early hours of the morning and thousands stream through the doors. It’s a novel experience.

From March to May is the Bern Jazz Festival – drawing visitors from all over Switzerland as well as abroad, to the capital. It’s one of the most important traditional jazz events, and has been running since 1976.

May sees the Grand Prix – Switzerland’s largest racing event, and a top-notch spectacle with this historic town as a picturesque backdrop.

In June, you can enjoy the Bern Dance Festival; devoted to all types of dance. There are workshops, discussions, performances and exhibitions.

July hosts the Gurtenfestival, which is held on top of Gurten Hill. It goes on for four days, and features artists from the international music scene; tens of thousands attend, so it’s quite a party, both day and night.

In August is the Buskers Bern Street Festival. It is held on the streets of the Old Town at around 20 stops. The street musicians play mostly cabaret. It’s free, but you are encouraged to give donations to the musicians from all over the world; or at least to buy a festival pin.

In the second week of November the Queersicht is held, which is a gay and lesbian film festival.

The 4th Monday in November brings the Onion Market to the squares of the city centre. People start pouring in in the early morning hours, and by the end of it the squares are strewn with confetti. The stall holders display their wares, which include onion tarts, and onions plaited together. It’s a colorful celebration, and worth going to see.

Stay safe in Bern

Bern is a very safe place with nearly no violent crime. However, as it is the capital of Switzerland, it sees political demonstrations every few weeks on a variety of subjects, occasionally leading to police intervention.

The central railway station often hosts drunks and vagrants at night, which is a nuisance but in general not dangerous.

There has been a slight increase in violence from young people. Try to avoid groups of drunk teenagers that look suspicious and you should be fine.

While police officers in Bern will happily help you out if you are in trouble or need information, they are also known for approaching “suspicious” persons in order to check their papers. This procedure is annoying, but legal as you will probably have a hard time proving you were not acting suspicious. Carry a photocopy of your passport and your onward ticket with you, stay calm and polite and you won’t have much trouble.


Embassies & Consulates in Bern

  • FinlandWeltpoststrasse 4, 3015 Bern ,  fax+41 31 350 41 07 Monday to Friday 09:00–12:00.
  • The NetherlandsSeftigenstrasse 7 ,   Mo-Fr 8.30AM-12.30AM/1.30PM-5PM.

Go next

Berne is an ideal gateway to the Bernese Highlands. You can make day trips to beautiful locations like Spiez, Thun, Interlaken, Grindelwald and all the way up the Jungfrau to Jungfraujoch. Other pleasant day trips are to Biel, Fribourg and Gstaad.

Geneva, Basel and Zurich can easily be done as day-trips but deserve a longer stay.

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Biel/Bienne (Biel in German, Bienne in French) is the 10th largest city of Switzerland and is located on the northern edge of the canton of Bern. Famous for watchmaking, and home to RolexOmega and Swatch among other famous makers.

The city lies at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains area, guarding the only practical connection to Jura in the area, and on the northeastern shores of Lake Biel (Bielersee, Lac de Bienne), sharing the eastern tip of the lake with its sister city, Nidau.

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The city has more than 50,000 inhabitants and the agglomeration more than 100,000.

Biel or Bienne is a rather unusual place since its name is different depending on which side of Switzerland the people come from.  Biel is the German name for this town, Bienne is for the French speaking residents. Being on a language boundary such as this means that there are several languages spoken in the area so most people can get by with a smattering of one or the other.

History and Geography

The city itself sits snugly at the base of the Jura Mountain range which is really the only safe route in this area of tall peaks and deep valleys.  It also sits on the north eastern shore of Lake Biel (also known as Bielersee or Lac de Bienne).  There is also another city sitting here, Nidau, with several other administrative centers about half an hour away by car or train.

This area has been inhabited for literally centuries with Neolithic settlements being discovered all the time.  Some have been entered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are examples of Roman roads from four hundred years BC that pass right through Biel.

It was the French Revolution that had the most impact on Biel since the French landed literally on the doorstep in the late eighteenth century.  The townsfolk were all for this invasion and cheered the incoming army.  There was some disruption to the area right up until the early part of the twentieth century when the labor movement provoked strikes brought on by the lowering of wages and rampant inflation.  Since then things have cooled down quite substantially making it a beautiful place, with bi-lingual road signs no less, for visitors to have a great holiday.

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Best time to go

June to September see the warmest months for those who like the sun.  However, since this is Switzerland, many people will come for the winter sports that are within easy reach of this center.  December and January are the favored months for these pastimes and there is a good likelihood of snow at this time.  Rain is much like all European countries so people generally take umbrellas and light coats for those unannounced summer showers.

Getting Around in Biel

Biel has a great train system that connects to Swiss cities further afield.  There are also three good highways so getting round by car is not that difficult but tourists may want to hire a taxi instead; expensive but it does save the bother of finding car parking spaces.

All the public transport facilities are clean and efficient as one would expect from the Swiss.  There are trams, buses, local trains and boats that take people to picturesque points along the lake and river.  Tickets are bought from machines before traveling or they can be bought from one of the many kiosks dotted around.

Biel is a lovely place to explore by foot too since it is extremely safe and clean.  It is not that big either and gives tourists a chance to interact with the locals.  Of course, bicycles are also on hire just about everywhere.

  • Biel/Bienne stationThe current railway station was built in 1923 in a neoclassical style. A special highlight is the 1st class waiting room with frescoes by Philippe Robert. 

Biel/Bienne has connections to many Swiss cities. All the fast trains stopping here are called ICN as instead of the normal inter city trains, special tilting trains are used on this stretch. The most important connections are:

  • One hourly ICN from Geneva airport (1h 40min) and main station (1h 30min) via Yverdon (35 min) and Neuchatel (15 min)
  • One hourly ICN from Lausanne (1h) via Yverdon and Neuchatel
  • One hourly ICN from Basel (55 min) via Delémont (30 min)
  • Two hourly ICN from Zurich (1h 10min) via Olten (50 min) and Solothurn (15 min). One of these comes from St. Gallen (2h 30min), Winterthur (1h 50min) and Zurich airport (1h 30min) while the other one passes by Aarau (45 min)
  • From Berne two RE (25 min) and two S3 (35 min) hourly
  • One hourly RE (40 min) and R (55 min) from La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • One hourly R from Delémont (30 min) and Saint-Ursanne (45 min)

Some more regional lines connect to surrounding villages.

Travel to Biel by car

Biel/Bienne is well connected with highways in each direction: To the east A5 starts just outside the city and connects to A1 near Solothurn, which comes from Zurich. The west A5 only continues at the end of the lake. It comes from Neuchatel and goes along the northern shore of lake Neuchatel from Yverdon where it joins A1 in direction of Lausanne. To the south A6 comes from Berne and the Bernese Highlands, while to the north A16 goes to Delémont and France.

Travel by boat to Biel

As Biel/Bienne is located at the end of Lake Biel, it can be reached by boat from other villages along the lake with a handful of trips every day. There are also special trips which come from the Lake of Neuchatel and the Lake of Murten. A third option is to take the ship along the Aare river from Solothurn. The time tables for all boat trips change by season, with no boats running along the Aare during winter. Boats still run on the lake, but with very limited trips available.

Public transportation

The City has a highly efficient, clean and safe public transport system. It includes trams, buses, S-Bahn (local trains) and even boats for the lake and river. Tickets must be purchased from a ticket machine before boarding or from one of the ticket selling kiosks.

By foot

It is possible to visit the main touristic sights of Biel/Bienne on foot. It’s safe and not far.

Major Attractions and Sights

Biel has three lakes within easy reach – Lake Biel, Murten and Neuchâtel.  It is obvious then that there are a lot of water based pursuits on offer.  There are lots of vineyards to be spotted tumbling down the hillsides and tracts of land set aside for vegetable production.  This means that the place is extremely green for most of the year.

For those who like a touch of boating, try the day excursions along the three lakes or get involved with any of the watery pursuits that can be found here.  Sailing, fishing or hiking up the mountains are just some of the things that the energetic can get involved in.  One particularly good hiking route is the one up to the foothills of the Jura to get a panoramic view back towards the city.

People usually love to see ancient buildings and Biel has an old town with a lovely gothic church etc.  It dates from the 1400s and features many fountains and antiquated signposts.

Center PasquArt is for the art lovers who visit and features graphic art, contemporary sculptures and photographs among its exhibits.  It was extended a decade or so ago, making it quite lovely place to spend a few hours.

Again, for the energetic and adventurous, why not try hiring a tandem for the day and setting off to explore.  Cycle paths weave their way around the three lakes region and there are plenty of small towns to stop and take a rest in.  In fact, some people explore the whole region on a tandem stopping off at a different guest house each night.

If it is a winter holiday, visitors can take a bus ride up to the Les Près d’Orvin to try some snowboarding or skiing.  It is only twenty minutes away so this can be done on a daily basis if required.

One unusual place to visit is the Aarberg Bridge near Biel.  It spans a full 60 meters and was built almost five hundred years ago.  It has been classed as one of the best and most beautiful bridges in Switzerland so be sure to take plenty of photos here.

The Museum Neuhaus is a tiny art museum that also has some historical artifacts on display.  Visitors can see how people in the nineteenth century used to live and this is a great place to take kids on a wet afternoon.

For beer lovers, a walk along the river to the lake to the Lago Lodge is a charm.  Not expensive, considering where this is, and people can hire bikes or rent accommodation here too.

There is also a great walking tour to go on that takes visitors out of Burgplatz/Place de Bourg and up the hill.  This has some interesting history to it since it was named after the men who would sit here shaking their heads when talking about the criminals who were brought here for trial.  Take a look in the Gothic Reform Church of St. Benedict which is more than five hundred years old.  It is the stained glass windows which are outstanding.  Walking to the north, visitors will find the funicular railway station.  This takes passengers up to the Evilard/Leubringen, a group of houses surrounded by a wooded area.

Walking back down the Schmiedengasse, visitors can join the road back to the railway station near the old town once again.  It doesn’t take long for this kind of walk but visitors normally take their time when they are strolling around like this and they tend to do some shopping while they are meandering.

The railway station itself is also a great place to explore.  There are four wonderful allegorical murals in the waiting area said to have been painted by Phillipe Robert.  They show different ages in the life of Biel and are great for photo opportunities.

Biel may feel a little small after some time so a visit to Bern is a great idea.  It is only about thirty kms away and there is a wonderful Museum of Fine Arts there.  Expect to see works by people as famous as Picasso, Oppenheim and others.  The collection within is always being added to so even if visitors come regularly, they are likely to see something new each time. With more than 3,000 pieces on display here, along with a staggering 48,000 drawings, photos and other prints, it is obvious that this is a serious collection of art from the 18th century onwards.

This is the oldest museum in Switzerland and the museum boasts of some pieces that span the last eight centuries no less.  It is obviously famous throughout the country and beyond and will add something a little extra to any holiday visit to this part of the world.

Biel offers quite a collection of architectural styles. The oldest buildings can be found in the historic medieval town centre (Bieler Altstadt / Vieille ville de Bienne). The newer town centre (Bieler Neustadt / Nouvelle ville de Bienne) offers international and Bauhaus styles, as well as the neoclassic style rail station. For a more modern Biel, you can head to the urban and busy squares of Zentralplatz and Guisanplatz.

  • Église du Pasquart à Bienne (located at Seevorstadt). main French-speaking church
  • Stadtkirche Biel (located at the historic medieval town). main German-speaking church
  • VolkshausAarbergstrasse 112The ‘house of the people’ was built in 1929-1932 as a headquarters to the labour union. It is also a good example of the New Objectivity (Neues Bauen) architectural style. It now houses a restaurant and a congress centre.
  • Hotel Elite14 Bahnhofstrasse/rue de la GareThe hotel was also built in the Neues Bauen style and as a symbol of the bourgeoisie it gives an interesting contrast to the Volkshaus opposite. Is still operated as a hotel today (see Sleep section).
  • Lido at Lake Biel (Strandbad Biel). Bauhaus / International Style


  • PasquartSeevorstadt 71-73.  W, F 12:00-18:00, Th 12:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-18:00Museum of contemporary arts, photography and cinema. Fr. 11/9.
  • Neues MuseumSeevorstadt 52.  Tu-Su 11:00-17:00Over two buildings (Schwab and Neuhaus) this museum offers a variety of collections on art, watches, history, film and archaeology. Fr. 10/6.
  • Museum OmegaStämpflistrasse 96.  Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 11:00-17:00This company museum on the famous Swiss watch brand is located opposite the factory. Free.
  • Centre MüllerWydenauweg 34.  Opens on appointment onlyAn engineering museum. Fr. 8/3.
  • Castle museum NidauHauptstrasse 6, 2560 Nidau (While this is in the town of Nidau, it is still just a 10 minutes walk from the station in Biel).  Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-16:00The museum explains the water corrections which took place in the Jura region. Free.

What to do in Biel

  • Go swim in the Lake Biel (Bielersee)
  • Take a look an stroll to the historic medieval town (Altstadt).
  • Lake Promenade at the Strandboden.
  • Do a cruise on Lake Biel.
  • Go to the Taubenloch Canyon (Taubenlochschlucht) and explore the cascade.
  • Pick up a bike and take a ride around the lake or the Jura mountains. If you can, take a look at the vineyards: you´re going to find many medieval constructions and some good restaurants serving fish from the lake and local wine.
  • During ice-hockey season visit a game of the EHC Biel.
  • August 1st is the national day of Switzerland, and watching the fireworks on a boat is a good experience.
  • In the summer, there is a music festival at the old town.

Shopping in Biel

Since the Swiss are renowned for their watch making abilities, it seems common sense that Swatch, Rolex and Omega all have outlets here.  Biel is also known for other industries too but it is the tourists that really bring in a lot of dollars.

Buying used watches is a great idea for saving money and gives the average tourist the chance to wear something expensive for a fraction of the cost.

The main shopping street is the Bahnhofsstrasse or the Nidaugasse and is totally pedestrian only.  People often want to take home the legendary Swiss chocolate or the ubiquitous cuckoo clock that everyone connects to Switzerland.

Another good idea too is to take home a bottle or two of the local wine produced on the nearby mountainsides.  People also stock up their wine cellars in this way and it is a cool way to remember a great holiday.  Add some locally produced cheese and a bunch of local grapes and this seems a good start to eating al fresco.

The main shopping district is in the middle of the city. The main shopping streets are the Bahnhofsstrasse and the Nidaugasse. Both car-free! For example: Buy a watch made in Biel/Bienne (ex: Omega, Swatch, Rolex, Candino and a lot more)

Eating Out in Biel

Although Switzerland is usually expensive, visitors will find inexpensive places throughout the town.  There are self service meals at reasonable prices or perhaps pay a visit to the Caffe Spettacolo opposite the main station is ideal for snacks and coffees and the like.

The Cafè Hasard near the railway station is also a good place for lovers of snacks etc.  For all things organic, Kreuz in the Haupstrasse/Rue Principale 23 in the town of Nidau is the place to be.  The place is run by a co-operative and visitors will find old wood floors, a terrace overlooking the garden and great food.

For those who really like the up market feel of a superb restaurant, L’Amphytryon in the Hotel Elite has been named as the best in all of Switzerland.  It is closed on Sundays and visitors are advised to book if they don’t want to be disappointed.

ou should definitely try some of the food sourced regionally, such as the freshwater fish (especially perch and luce) from the lake Biel, the cheese from the nearby Jura mountains and the vegetables from the Seeland region, which Biel is part of.

  • Restaurant du lacNeuenburgstrasse 58.  Tu-F 08:45-23:00, Sa 10:00-23:00The speciality of the house are the fish dishes, many of which are from the nearby lake. Fr. 40 for mains.

Nightlife in Biel

Because Biel is full of students, there is a thriving bar scene going on.  Unexpected events occur regularly at the Gaskessel/Coupole but it is the La Totonde brasserie which sees all the trendy people gathering both local and visitor.

There seems to be a distinct lack of nightlife in general in Biel so most people go off to Mad Ndau, as they call it, for an evening of old music and a dance.  The place is not very bright or beautiful but it does see a regular crowd gathering there.  On some nights there is just one price for admission and drinks and this is why the place is so popular.

Famous white, red and rose wine from the vineyards at lake Biel. Or taste one of the beers from the region.

Anything of local interest

In the old town, Biel holds a cultural week every year.  Called the Pod’Ring, old folks and young folks gather in the square to dance away the hours every afternoon.   During the night time hours, theatre and literature performances abound.  Some celebrities are invited to entertain and those who come can expect to find food and drink being sold just about everywhere.

The first of August is the Swiss National Day so there are usually fireworks displays all over the cities.  Try to get a ride on a boat and watch this from the lake.  A great experience indeed.

Biel has its own carnival, called the Charivari, which occurs in the second week of February.  Brass bands try to outdo each other and there is a competition to crown the Prince of the Carnival.  He will be handed the keys to the city by no less than the mayor himself and then a huge concert takes place to mark the end of the five days of celebration.  All the different restaurants and other public venues vie for attention by decorating their establishments to get people in the right mood to enjoy this lovely festival.

In 2013, Biel will be home to the Swiss Federal Gymnastics Festival.  There are more than one hundred events taking place in June and the city is expect a minimum of sixty thousand competitors and a hundred and twenty thousand visitors just for this one event.  It is the largest event since the Expo 02 gathering in the region so the locals are quite excited to be hosting it next year.This is a test

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Samnaun Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Canton Graubuenden


Samnaun is a city in Graubünden, in Switzerland.

It’s situated close to the Austrian border and in fact it’s an “independent” duty-free area which means that you might be controlled by the Swiss customs as well when going to or leaving Samnaun. There are four villages inside the Samnaun area, Samnaun-Dorf (at the end of the road going through the area), Compatsch, Laret and Ravaisch.

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In the winter Samnaun is a place for snowboarders and skiers, as Samnaun is a part of the ski center in Ischgl at the Austrian side of the border, in the summer people come there mostly for shopping and enjoying the nature. There are many shops selling jewellery, swiss watches, alcohol and tobacco as well as many restaurants and hotels.

Get in

Samnaun might be one of the most remote parts of Switzerland, and getting there will require some patience.

By bus

There is a postal bus with a dozen trips a day from Martina (45min) and Scuol (1h 20min). From Martina there are buses to Landeck in Austria and Mals in Italy.

By car

Traditionally the only road into Samnaun went through Austria, hence the special status of the valley as a duty free area. Today there are two roads into Samnaun, one via Austria and another one entirely on Swiss territory.

Get around

Walking is the best way to get around inside Samnaun-Dorf.


  • Sennerei SamnaunSamnaun-Laret.  During summer W 09:00, reservation requiredA cheese dairy which uses milk from the valley to make cheese. Visit includes tasting. The restaurant and shop are also opened on other days.
  • Museum Samnaun.  During summer, Th 17:00, on reservation onlyLocal history museum. Fr. 7/3.


In the winter Samnaun is excellent place for winter sports. In the summer there are also a variety of sports like hiking, biking or tennis.

  • Samnaun ski area (238 km in winter, 45 lifts). The ski area is shared with Austria, hence the prices are given in Euros. Day pass € 49/31.


There are many duty-free shops in Samnaun similar to those at major airports. However one has to remember that there are some strict customs regulations. Please pay attention to these otherwise you might get in trouble.

Opening hours are in general: Monday – Saturday 09:00–18:00, Su 13:00–18:00.


There are relatively many restaurants in Samnaun. No fast-food available, but instead more classic restaurants with usual Swiss menus… and prices.

  • Bündner StubeDorfstrasse 17.  Fr. 20-30 for mains.


Where to stay in Samnaun

For its size, Samnaun has a big number of hotels, many of them are offering wellness services etc.

  • Chasa MontanaDorfstrasse 3 ,   .

Go next

  • Ischgl — one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps on the Austrian side of the border, can be reached from Samnaun by ski owing to their shared ski infrastructure.

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According to the Government in Switzerland, Switzerland has confirmed 372 new Covid-19 infections within Switzerland in the last 24 hours and furthermore 3 deaths have been reported throughout Switzerland. With the new deaths of 3, Switzerland now has a total of 51,864 Coronavirus/Covid-19 infections and the official death rate reported by the government of Switzerland is 4.0%. 2,064 died in Switzerland.

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